Milwaukee Halts Skid in Houston
Nov 25, 2007
Matt Ellison and Mike Santorelli scored in a shootout to help the Milwaukee Admirals end a three-game losing streak, 3-2, in Houston Sunday.
The Admirals rebounded from a 4-1 loss at Houston on Friday night.
Milwaukee never led during the contest but had two of its five shooters (Ellison and Santorelli) score in the shootout. Houston scored one goal in the shootout and the last shooter, Peter Olvecky, hit the pipe to give Milwaukee the victory.
The Aeros scored on the power play at 5:57 of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Hamilton slammed in a rebound during a scramble in front of Admirals netminder Pekka Rinne. There were only three seconds left in the Milwaukee penalty. That goal dropped the Admirals to just seven kills in its last 15 tries spanning the past ten periods of play.
Milwaukee tied the score when Ryan Maki sent the puck to the left wing wall in his zone for John Vigilante. Vigilante was able to get the puck into the left corner of the Houston end where Rich Peverley gained possession. Peverley skated behind the net toward the right corner. As he hit the right post, he sent a backhanded pass to defenseman Alex Henry as Henry crashed to the net. The quick shot went in for Henry's second of the year at 11:44 of the first. Peverley and Vigilante notched the assists.
Neither team scored in the second period.
Houston took a 2-1 lead at 5:07 of the third period. While killing a penalty, Houston sent the puck to the boards left of Rinne. Rinne skated all the way to the wall to play the puck but committed a mistake as Joel Ward was right there, too. Ward sent the puck into the empty net for a shorthanded goal.
Just 1:53 later, Houston's Shawn Belle went to the penalty box for hooking. The Admirals tied the score on the power play as Antti Pihlstrom banged in a rebound on a scramble for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. It was Pihlstrom's third power play tally. Cal O'Reilly notched the lone assist.
Rinne stopped 21 of 23 Aeros shots for his eighth win of the season.
Milwaukee plays at San Antonio Tuesday at 7 p.m.